Yesterday, I was at the grocery store, and saw cantaloupe and honeydew ice pops! They sounded sooo good, plus they were on sale, so I grabbed a package!
When I got home, I looked at the ingredients list...to see the calorie count... :)
and realized there was NO cantaloupe, or honeydew in them!...only sugar, water and artificial flavor, color, etc. Can you tell, I don't buy ice pops too often?
So, I decided to make my own cantaloupe pops...with real cantaloupe...besides, I had one in the fridge I needed to use.
Here's the recipe I found online from Taste of Home.
Cantaloupe Ice Pops Recipe
Your reminders to "eat your fruit" will finally stick, once kids take a lick of these mmm-melony snacks. A perfect use for over-ripe cantaloupe, these pops make a light dessert or healthy between-meal refresher.
This recipe is:
- Prep: 10 min. + freezing
- Yield: 12 Servings
- 4 cups cubed cantaloupe
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint or 1 teaspoon dried mint
- 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
- 12 plastic cups or Popsicle molds (3 ounces each)
- 12 Popsicle sticks
- In a blender or food processor, combine the first five ingredients; cover and process until smooth. Pour 1/4 cup into each cup or mold; insert Popsicle sticks. Freeze until firm. Yield: 1 dozen.
Nutritional Analysis:One ice pop equals 36 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 5 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 fruit.
The fresh mint and lemon juice made them really refreshing.
See the little bits of mint in the pop?
The only ingredient I didn't add was the lemon zest.
I forgot that. Duh!
~ TIPS ~
I bought an inexpensive mold set, because that was all the store had; and I was in a hurry to make the pops.
Before I make them again, I'm buying a better quality ice pop mold...the individual kind, NOT the kind with all the molds stuck together. It was difficult to remove just one at a time, since they were all stuck together.
Or, I'll use little cups and Popsicle sticks.
Also, I'll change the sugar to 1/3 cup if the cantaloupe isn't really ripe and sweet.
These are going to be my new Summer treat. YUM!
I hope you try them. I'd love to know what you think.
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